When a winter outfit is done right, dressing to go outside feels as warm as staying inside. Facing a wintry mix in style comes down to a few key pieces: the insulated yet elegant coat, the weather-beating boots, and a snug hat or scarf to top it all off.
Those last accessories can get overlooked, but they’re essential—and easier to find than ever. Winter’s best accessories combine elevated flourishes with the subtle features we need to stay warm, like shearling, the functional après ski detail fashion insiders are wearing across every accessory category. “This winter season is all about finding cozy accessories that keep you warm and bring you joy, and nothing is cozier than shearling,” Marissa Galante Frank, Bloomingdale’s fashion director for accessories and beauty, tells BAZAAR.com.
To dress you for your coziest winter yet, we gathered the best winter accessories in every category—heaps of fleece included. Keep reading to pick out the gloves, scarves, hats, and socks you’ll want to wear with every outfit this winter.
The Best Winter Gloves and Mittens
Your warmest winters start and end with a reliable pair of gloves. Whether you stick to neutrals or test the trend waters with a space-dye, look for thick wool, cashmere, or lined leather for options that won’t let a chill sneak in.
Galante Frank has a functional recommendation for those of us glued to TikTok this winter: “I personally love fingerless gloves as it’s easier to use my phone,” she says. If you’d rather keep your fingers fully covered, texting-friendly leather and knit options from Coach and Loro Piana are made for you.
The Best Winter Scarves
Scarves can do so much for your winter outfits. Wrap a bold faux fur like Apparis’s or a thick cable knit like Acne Studios’s around your neck, and your look suddenly has an extra layer of texture.
Versions you’ll wear season after season are made to wear more than once, like the recycled fleece scarves at Dudley Stephens. “I’m all about functional fashion,” CEO and co-founder Lauren Stephens says about her top scarf. “It’s the perfect cozy winter accessory because you can layer it with any look, inside or out.”
Some of the best scarves can remain front and center even after the snow melts. Just look at Cuyana’s lightweight Alpaca scarf, a favorite of the brand’s CEO and co-founder Karla Gallardo. In the winter, it belongs tied over an everyday coat; in warmer seasons, “it can even double as a beautiful throw in your living space,” she tells us.
The Best Winter Hats and Headbands
Cable knit beanies topped with a pom-pom or a Fair Isle threaded headbands will never lose their places in our winter lineup. Amid the classic hats and headbands that are everywhere to be found, this year’s best winter accessories also remix the usuals, from Aqua’s shearling-coated bucket hats to the knitted caps Miu Miu sent down its Fall 2021 runway.
If you’re looking for more than neutral cashmeres and cable knits, Galante Frank recommends Kerri Rosenthal’s accessories for a technicolor alternative: “It’s a women-owned brand featuring all of Kerri’s original artwork and graphics. We all deserve a little more happiness in our lives and these accessories bring a smile to your face.”
The Best Winter Socks and Tights
Inner layers are just as important as outer layers. To keep your toes toasty in every type of winter shoe, you’ll want to double-check the socks’ fine print. Merino wool ensures your feet stay dry in ski boots and rain boots; cashmere is a thinner, cloud-soft choice for slipping under leather or lug-sole styles. If your winter agenda is purely filled with stay-at-home activities, shearling slipper socks like Eberjey’s are the ultimate comfort.
Then there are winter tights. You’ll have heaps of glitter-threaded and patterned options to choose from for holiday parties, but the best tights are ones that will actually keep you warm. That’s where details like fleece lining and high deniers, or fabric weight, come into play. Winter-proof tights aren’t just for dresses and skirts: Fashion editors are known to slip Uniqlo’s HeatTech style under their jeans on the coldest days.
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